PLATTSBURGH — Boating enthusiasts from across the Northeast and Canada will once again venture to Lake Champlain for the 37th Annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta at 9 a.m. today.
“The sailing tradition” on the freshwater lake, the regatta is the signature event of the four-day Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival.
“So far, we have 76 entries and there may be some (today) as well,” event organizer Dr. Kjell Dahlen said. “We have more entries this year than last year. Very happy with that.
“It’s better than the last several years. The last four or five years, entries went down some. Now they seem to be rebounding.”
The Mayor’s Cup Regatta will feature races divided into three divisions — Racing, Cruising and Multihull.
The Racing division, where skippers are eligible to use a larger sailing inventory, is the headline class. Skippers and their crew will vie for the coveted Mayor’s Cup trophy.
Anchored by crewman Peter Hall of Montreal, Que., Plattsburgh’s Michael Parsons captured his fifth Mayor’s Cup title with a corrected time of two hours, 24 minutes and 32 seconds a year ago.
Facing calm winds inside the first 30 minutes of the regatta, the crew of Obelix gambled by turning left toward the shoreline. The move paid off, ensuring Parsons his fifth victory since 2002.
Parsons is on the entry list, while Hall is slated to return and help defend the Mayor’s Cup, according to Dahlen.
Donald Brush, manning boat 1078, finished in the runner-up spot with a time of 2:27:25, while Williston, Vt., skipper Michael Quaid was third on Ice Cube, timing in at 2:27:54.
The Mayor’s Cup isn’t the only trophy up for grabs today.
The Cruising division champion will be presented with the Rotary Cup, awarded by the Sunrise Rotary Club since organizing the event in 1997.